A resume is a marketing tool - an advertisement of your qualifications. It is a summary of your education and experience, rather than an exhaustive personal statement. Your resume is the only impression a prospective employer has of you and is often the first example of your writing ability. Therefore, it is important that you take the time to create a document that leaves a positive and lasting impression.
The content of your resume should be restricted to information that demonstrates why you would be an asset to a particular employer. Every word in your resume should be relevant. The most frequent criticism of resume is that they say too much and appear unfocused and vague. You must decide how to effectively present your experiences and accomplishments, keeping in mind that most employers spend an average of 45 seconds reading each resume. Also, you may want to have more than one version of your resume. Certain aspects of your experience may be relevant for one employer and not as relevant for another.
Once you write your resume, edit it vigorously, eliminating
all details that are not essential to the message you want to convey.
The Office of Career and Professional Development encourages you to submit your resume for review at any time.